Everest Base Camp

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Conquer the climb to Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal

Take on the adventure of a lifetime trekking in Nepal to reach Everest Base Camp. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. Today many adventure-seekers pursue the challenge of reaching the Everest Base Camp. Flying in to Lukla, explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, rest in Nepalese teahouses, learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpa and spend time in exotic Kathmandu.

 

Start Kathmandu, Nepal Physical rating 5 out of 5
Finish Kathmandu, Nepal Ages Min 16 years
Destination Nepal Group size 12 people
Departing Closed  Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Help Nepal get back on its feet by returning to the country, and discover how Kathmandu still remains a legendary destination while the post-earthquake rebuilding continues.

  • Explore timeless Kathmandu.

  • View the mighty Himalaya Mountain range on the flight to Lukla.

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp, where mountaineering climbs of the worlds highest peak begins. 

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous 12-day trek that reaches altitudes above 18,044 ft.

  • We trek between 4-8 hours per day.

  • Please ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The airport representative will be waiting a few feet from the exit door outside the airport terminal with your name on a board. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. The rest of your day is free to explore Kathmandu. 

Included Activities

  • Arrival transfer – airport to hotel

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Guest House

Early this morning you’ll board a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,275 ft)  for approximately 45 minutes. This spectacular flight is parallel to the giants of the Himalayas, with unforgettable views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. Land on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing, you'll have time to explore the village. After a quick safety talk, begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you'll join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (8,901 ft). The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (8,366 ft), it’s only a short walk to Phakding.

(Trekking: approximately 4 hours / 5.3 miles)

Included Activities

  • Flight to Lukla
  • Guided Trek to Phakding

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Today you’ll trek approximately 7 hours to Namche Bazaar, where you'll memorably see Everest for the first time. From Phakding you’ll cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters carrying supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look up to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (20,896 ft) and Thamserku (21,729 ft). Press on to Monjo (9,301 ft), a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale (9,203 ft) and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche (21,462 ft) come into view for the first time.

(Trekking: approximately 5 hours / 6.5 miles)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Namche Bazaar will be your base for another night so that you can properly acclimatize to the altitude. There’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami (12,500 ft). Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Namche gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat are all still traded in the village center. Your guides are on hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.

Special info: The best way to acclimatize is to do a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep. Remember - it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by altitude, so have a chat to your doctor before you leave to talk about the symptoms and what to expect.

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Today you will visit a small village that not many travelers will know about or stop in. Phortse Gaon is a traditional village that offers amazing insight into the life and culture of the Sherpas. The village that you will stay in is home to a number of Sherpas who have reached the summit of Everest. You’ll take a very leisurely walk from Namche past Khumjung village, Lawi Schyasa and Tashinga crossing the Dudh Kosi and ascending to the village of Phortse (1,214 ft). The dramatic views of Amadablam, sunset vistas and peace and quiet make this a highlight of the trek.

(Trekking: approximately 6-7 hours / 5.6 miles) 

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Walk across a ridge before descending on an exposed trail to the Imja Khola. Keep an eye open for Himalayan tahr, often seen perched precariously on the crags high above the trail. Join the trail coming from Thyangboche via the suspension bridge, then gradually climb to the village of Pangboche, where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. Have lunch here and then take the opportunity to see the beautiful monastery that once housed (what was claimed as) the hand and scalp of a yeti. After lunch, follow the trail high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho, before again crossing the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to a lodge Dingboche. Here you’ll find a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls. These walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. The scenery is spectacular, and although Everest will be hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are impressive. If the weather’s right, then there will be beautiful sunsets illuminating the peaks – Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse to the north, and also Island Peak in the center of the valley.

(Trekking: approximately 6 hours / 7.5 miles)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Today is another acclimatization day, with Dingboche remaining as your base for the night. There are a number of different trails available today, with day hikes to Ama Dablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung. Ama Dablam is a peak that dominates the route towards Everest base camp, and it’s an opportunity to get off the main trail and explore a quieter area in the Khumbu below one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Nagarjun Hill (16,732 ft) offers incredible view of Makalu, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. The Chukkhung (15,584 ft) walk is a short one, but the gain in altitude and incline is steady. The views of surrounding peaks and snowy terrain are breathtaking – some of the best in the world for high altitude scenery.

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

From Dingboche, ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the stupa at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (21,129 ft) make for a striking scene – they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (20,075 ft) and the snowfields of the Cho La are the kings of the skyline. The walking will now be fairly flat on wide-open fields, but remember that there’s no rush. Late in the morning you'll cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and relatively steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you’ll pass a line of memorial cairns (stacks of stones), built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last fifty or so years. From here, the view is spectacular, with Pumori (23,442 ft), Lingtren (21,972 ft), Khumbutse (21,729 ft), and across the border in Tibet, Changtse (24,770 ft), surrounding you. Then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today will be tiring, but the fantastic scenery and the closeness of Everest Base Camp tomorrow makes it an exciting day. 

(Trekking: approximately 5 hours / 4.7 miles)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Today is very memorable – it's the day you arrive at Everest Base Camp. You’ll first enjoy a leisurely breakfast, as the trek to Gorak Shep is relatively short. From Lobuje, follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier, with a gradual ascent enabling you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (16,929 ft) – reached after about three hours of walking. After a short break to eat and gear up, begin for Everest Base Camp, which will take approximately three hours. From Everest Base Camp, you won't have views of Mount Everest, but you are able to see glaciers, lakes, caves, and the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. The return journey from Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time. You will have an early dinner so that you're able to get up early the next day for awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patar.

(Trekking: approximately 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

You’ll wake early today for the trek to Kala Patar (18,192 ft), where you’ll experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. The lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It’s a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top will surpass your wildest dreams. It will probably take a 1.5 hours to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good. Some of the highest mountains in the world – Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest – will surround you. About 2 miles away and some 656 feet below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very moving experience and it's worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savor this special moment. The descent to Gorak Shep is easy and when you arrive back at the lodge, you’ll relax with a drink and pack your bags while breakfast is prepared. After breakfast, set off to Lobuche and Thugla, where you will stop for lunch. Then you’ll cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below Cholatse to Pheriche, where you will stop for the night.

(Trekking: approximately 8 hours)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

From Pheriche cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. You will then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend back to Thyangboche for lunch. According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery, founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992. You will be visiting the monastery and the nearby museum. There is a small entrance fee for the museum and a small donation to the monastery is appreciated.

(Trekking: approximately 5 hours)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. Cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. Descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. You’ll follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you’ll stop for lunch. In the afternoon it’s only a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding.

(Trekking: approximately 4 hours)

Included Activities

  • Guided Hike

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

This is your last day of trekking. It’s only a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla, where you’ll say goodbye to your Sherpa crew. You will then have lunch at the lodge and the afternoon is free to wander around and relax. In the evening you'll enjoy a farewell dinner, perhaps followed by a few celebratory drinks.

(Trekking: approximately 3.5 hours)

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Local Tea House

Take the short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu this morning (approximately 45 minutes). Return to your accommodation and then enjoy cooking class at our shared value project, Seven Women.

Included Activities

  • Lukla/Kathmandu flight
  • Hotel transfer
  • Urban Adventures cooking class

Meals Included 

  • Meals not included on this day

Accommodation

  • Kathmandu Guest House

Today your Everest Base Camp tour comes to an end. Feel free to depart anytime on your included transfer to the airport before your departure flight. 

Included Activities

  • Departure transfer – hotel to airport

 

Inclusions

Meals

No meals are included on this tour 

Transport

Plane

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Tea House (12 nights)

Inclusions

  • Guided trek to Phakding
  • Guided trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Urban Adventures Cooking Class in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers

Important notes

1. This trip starts in Kathmandu on Day 1 at 2pm. This allows time after the joining meeting to explore Kathmandu.
2. Due to the demands of traveling at high altitudes, a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip. A single room is only available for nights 1 and 14 in Kathmandu. Trekking tea houses do not have enough rooms for single supplements when trekking.
4. Please bring 2 passport-sized photos to your welcome meeting.
5. Please see important notes about extreme weather, flight cancellations to/from Lukla and insurance claims.

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